How to enable HDR Video Recording on iPhone

A standout feature of the flagship iPhone 12 series is the option to use HDR video recording. Despite the amazing quality HDR videos offer, the feature is turned off by default since the clips can take up a ton of space and most users do not have compatible displays to view those clips on. However, you can turn on HDR video recording very easily.

High-dynamic-range video (HDR video) is a video that has a great dynamic range than that of standard-dynamic-range video (SDR video). The format offers better color reproduction, deeper blacks, brighter whites, as it allows your iPhone to record a wider gamut of colors. Your iPhone’s HDR capability might also support Dolby Vision depending on the model. Here is a simple guide on how to enable HDR Video Recording on iPhone in a few simple steps.

How to enable HDR Video Recording on iPhone

Learn how to enable HDR Video Recording on iPhone

  1. To enable HDR Video Recording on your iPhone, first, launch Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Camera. Learn how to enable HDR Video Recording on iPhone
  3. Tap Record Video. Learn how to enable HDR Video Recording on iPhone
  4. Tap HDR Video (High Efficiency) and toggle the option on. Keep in mind that on iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, HDR videos are limited to 30 frames per second. The higher-end iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max can go up to 60 frames per second. Learn how to enable HDR Video Recording on iPhone

Note that HDR videos are recorded in “High Efficiency” mode meaning they will be stored in HEVC format instead of in the wider compatible MP4 file extension. However, your iPhone can automatically convert HEVC videos to MP4, so you do not have to do any heavy lifting when sharing HDR videos.

We hope this guide helped you learn how to enable HDR Video Recording on your iPhone. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below.

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